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Back-to-School, Back-to-Work, Back-to-Health Smoothies

Healthy smoothies are so easy to make—a kid could do it!

Healthy smoothies are so easy to make—a kid could do it!

There’s no better way to celebrate the end of summer than barbecuing in the backyard with friends and family. But indulging in all those grilled burgers, scoops of potato salad, and cupcakes can leave you feeling a little sluggish. (Raise your hand if you pigged out over the weekend?) To get back on track with healthy eating during arguably the busiest week of the year, focus on filling your plate with veggies and snacking on whole fruits and nuts. You can also try one of these yummy smoothies. I created them for my clients who will be wrangling kids to the bus stop and juggling back-to-school nights, along with new deadlines at work. (Phew!)

Each of these delicious drinks take minutes to prep and make. Simply put all of the ingredients in a blender in the order listed (leafy greens on the bottom), and blend on the highest setting until everything is smooth. You can add a splash of water if you prefer a thinner smoothie, or throw in a few ice cubes if you’d like it to be thicker. Then, grab a friend (your kid works, too), a couple of straws, and enjoy!

 

Banana Berry Blaster Smoothie

This Banana Berry Blaster Smoothie is full of cold- and flu-busting antioxidants.

Banana Berry Blaster

This one’s full of immunity boosters—just what kiddos need when they’re heading back to the classroom with all their friends. Leafy greens are packed with iron, which supports healthy blood cells as they fend off pathogens. And a burst of vitamin C from the spinach and berries acts as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals before they can do any damage. (This smoothie is on the sweet side. For those who don’t want a treat, substitute ½ cup of water for half of the juice.)

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1 cup Orange Juice or Apple Juice (preferably fresh, unsweetened)
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 cup Strawberries
  • 1 cup Blueberries, frozen

Prep time: 5 minutes  Ready in: 5 minutes  Servings: 2

 

PB & J Swirl Smoothie

PB & J Swirl Smoothie—a twist on a classic.

PB & J Swirl

This twist on a classic packs in more vitamins, protein, and easy-to-digest fiber than the traditional sandwich. Spinach is loaded with iron and vitamin C, the banana brings in potassium and fiber, and red grapes offer up resveratrol—the same heart-healthy antioxidant found in red wine. You also get protein from the almond milk and peanut butter to help build strong muscles, as well as a balanced source of quick-burning carbohydrates to fuel your day. Plus, it tastes so great you’ll forget you’re eating vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1 cup Almond Milk, unsweetened
  • 2 cups Red Grapes 
(frozen ones are great in this!)
  • 1 Banana
  • ¼ cup Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter)

Prep time: 5 minutes  Ready in: 5 minutes  Servings: 2

 

Carot Cake Cooler Smoothie

“Carrot Cake” Cooler Smoothie Vitamin A never tasted so good!

“Carrot Cake” Cooler

Again with the spinach! I push it on everyone because it’s a vitamin powerhouse. But unlike its leafy green cousins kale and chard, spinach has a milder taste that mixes well with other flavors. With this smoothie, you get all the benefits of spinach, plus a giant dose of vitamin A from the carrots. Our bodies use vitamin A to build and maintain healthy tissue for eyes and skin, making it an important nutrient for growing kids and adults alike.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Spinach
  • 1 cup Almond Milk, unsweetened
  • 2 cups Baby Carrots
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 tsp. Pure Organic Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tbs. Organic Raw Honey (optional)

Prep time: 5 minutes  Ready in: 5 minutes  Servings: 2

 

How do you slip more fruits and veggies into your day? What’s your favorite healthy, kid-friendly recipe?

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4 Responses to “Back-to-School, Back-to-Work, Back-to-Health Smoothies”

  1. shaneatkinson82

    These look interesting. I’m going to have to look into trying these and figuring out when they would best fit into my day. I’m thinking for my goals these could be good post workout shakes. I’m not sold on shakes as meal replacements but I can see the use. Either way it is good to see real ingredients. Great looking post too.

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  2. Leigh Donovan, HHC

    I am pretty obsessed with green smoothies right now myself, using it as a quick-fast way to drink my vegetables (and low sugar fruits). I will add these to my list. My six year old will love the PBJ I am sure. :)

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